Meet Our Coaches

Coaches connect with entrepreneurs in our ecosystem to help them learn, engage, and build their entrepreneurial thinking skills. This network of educational, business, and industry experts provides benefits that span the spectrumeverything from inspiring emerging entrepreneurs to connecting startups to customers, partners, and investors.

Mike is an entrepreneur with extensive experience in trade show and exhibit sales and management, product introduction and channel development, commercial printing consulting and execution, partner relationship building, building and delivering dynamic presentations, and identifying strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities.

Mike Descher

Specialties: Channels & Partnerships

Graham is an entrepreneur turned educator, teaching at the Mason School of Business and directing the Alan B. Miller Entrepreneurship Center. Graham previously served as the Director of Venture Development at New Richmond Ventures, a venture capital firm investing in early-stage startups.

Graham Henshaw

Specialties: General Entrepreneurship & Fundraising

Michele is a Lecturer at William & Mary and has taught courses on public speaking, principles of small groups, nonverbal communication, intercultural communication, entertainment education, and presentation skills for international graduates.

Michele King

Specialties: Communication & Presentation

Andrew has extensive experience in web design, database design and implementation, search engine optimization, computer telephony (CTI, IVR), home automation, speech recognition, assistive technology, and finding solutions to complex problems.

Andrew Lloyd-Williams

Specialties:  IT Entrepreneurship & Fundraising

Calherbe has an extensive record as a public servant and is very skilled at forging strategic relationships between government, private, and faith-based entities towards marketplace and entrepreneurship development. 

Calherbe Monel

Specialties: General Entrepreneurship & Nonprofits

Asher has experience taking ideas from concept to launch at two Fortune 500 innovation labs. As a product manager with an eye for design, he specializes in coaching students on user research and launch strategy. Asher has worked at Capital One’s innovation Lab, Audi’s Innovation Lab, and Map My Customers.

Asher Smith-Rose

Specialties: Product Development

Sal has over 45 years of experience in the manufacturing and distribution of disposable products with an international company which serves major customers in over 24 countries. His love for marketing, trouble shooting, and customer relations led to a senior management position for the past 28 years.

Sal Sotis

Specialties: Product Development

Terry is a business development strategist with extensive experience in team-building, change management, entrepreneurship, sales process, execution, negotiations, CRM, and e-commerce. His areas of expertise include sales, marketing, web-based marketing, finance, and warehouse and distribution operations. 

Terry Walker

Specialties: Team Building

Cody is a marketing leader with a background in developing award-winning, tactical and targeted marketing campaigns, marrying data-driven marketing operations with innovative creative treatments. He brings years of agency experience in client services, project management, and creative strategy.

Cody Watson

Specialties: Profitability

Bill has a background in product merchandising as well as product development and has over 30 years of product experience within retail big box, e-commerce, & distribution. Bill has worked for Lowe’s as Director of Merchandising and is currently the Sr. Product Category Manager with Ferguson Enterprises.

Bill Woodward

Specialties: Product & Product Strategy

Stephanie has a background in product development as well as program management within consumer packaged goods, healthcare, manufacturing, and non-profit sectors. Stephanie has worked for Procter & Gamble, Kraft Foods, and is currently the managing director of Gelman & Associates, a 20-year old boutique consultancy.

Stephanie S. Gelman

Specialties: Marketing & Program Management

Our coaching network comes from a combination of local entrepreneurs and committed executive partners.

Whether you know what you need or just want some guidance, our coaches want to help. Made up of 13 of the hardest-working professionals out there, our coaches are ready to help you take the next step!

BONUS: Meeting with a coach earns you point for our engagement program Liftoff!

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